Silver is known for its infection-fighting properties. It was used in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome to fight infections and control spoilage, but it wasn't until 1893 when botanist von Nageli discovered the microbial properties of silver in minute concentrations. Today, the medical community commonly recognizes silver as a valuable antimicrobial for treating wounds and burns. Recent breakthroughs in ionic silver technology have produced new products that make next-generation silver antimicrobials more effective and easier to use than ever before.
Here is a research study that show the benefits of silver when fighting MRSA and superbugs:
Specifically, a quote from that article:
The new study from AcryMed confirms earlier findings that silver is a highly effective antimicrobial against MRSA and may be used topically to prevent the spread of infection.
"The results of our laboratory testing show that the infection fighting properties of silver is quite effective in killing the MRSA strain," said Bruce Gibbins, founder and CTO of AcryMed. "Used in medical dressings or in ointment form, silver can be an extremely useful first defense in stopping MRSA before it develops into a systemic infection. More over, due to the nature of antimicrobial silver, it is highly unlikely that MRSA or other developing strains of staph infections will ever build immunities to silver as they have to penicillin and some topical antibiotics."
According to Gibbins, the use of topical silver antimicrobial products in fighting infections also serves to reduce the over use of antibiotics. This, in turn, can delay the growing immunity that these bugs are quickly building against penicillin and other commonly used antibiotics.
This article shows the use of microfiber in healthcare settings: http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2008/11/understanding-microfiber-s-role-in-infection-prev.aspx
Microfiber has emerged as one of the most important technological developments for environmental services in this quest to prevent infections. It’s extremely important, however, to understand that there are many different types and qualities of microfiber on the market with vastly different capabilities in removing viruses, bacteria and spores from an environmental surface.
When most environmental services professionals speak of microfiber, they are usually referring to a flat mop floor cleaning system. These products are highly visible, are one-quarter the weight of traditional mops, and allow the housekeeper to effectively clean a room 40 percent faster than they could with an old-fashioned string mop system. There’s no doubt that the use of these systems result in a much cleaner floor. And they permit a one-pad-per-room practice, to address cross-transmission.Pair the silver with Norwex microfiber, and see the difference.
Norwex antibac microfiber uses active silver ions (AG+). According to ISO testing, silver inactivate the bacteria cells. This is done in three ways:
- Breakdown of a cell’s life supporting functions by inhibiting the transmembrane transport thereby starving the bacterium
- Inactivation of intracellular enzymes that “digest the food”
- Damage the bacterium cell’s DNA so that it cannot reproduce
If you work in a healthcare setting where you are bound to state-regulated cleaning standards, you obviously must follow that cleaning regimen. However, you can also surely use Norwex as a in-between cleaner, instead of the harsh chemicals, for things that don't pose health issues by not using the required chemicals. How would you use Norwex products in this situation?
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